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Sharpshooters’ arms bought from UP

india Updated: Jul 06, 2009 00:59 IST

Delhi Police’s Special Cell have said the weapons seized from the six sharpshooters arrested in Delhi had been procured from Uttar Pradesh.

Police said the sophisticated weapons were bought from Roorkee. Police said they were probing if these weapons had been smuggled into the country from outside as they cost Rs 1.5 lakh-2 lakh in the market.

Police said the accused, all in the age group of 20-25 years, had been reportedly entrusted with killing VVIPs in the Capital, including politicians and realtors. They were promised lakhs of rupees to execute the killings, they added. Police have also seized mobile phones from them and are trying to establish whether they made or received any international calls in the past few days.

Police said they were trying to trail the arms supplier to know how well the sharpshooters’ gang, with allegiance to underworld don Chota Shakeel, was entrenched in northern India.

They were also probing their link to Rashid Malabari, a gunman and a close aide of Shakeel who was arrested in Mangalore in March this year. Malabari was arrested when he was planning to kill Ram Sene chief Pramod Muthalik and BJP MP from Pilibhit Varun Gandhi.

Police said the seized weapons were quite sophisticated.

“We are trying to get the names of the people on their hitlist. We want to know who was giving them instructions or whether they have other gang members present in the Capital or not,” said a senior police officer on condition of anonymity.

Police said they were raiding the hideouts of the accused men to get more leads in the case. Mumbai Police would also interrogate the accused.

Joint Commissioner of Police, Crime Branch, Mumbai Police, Rakesh Maria told HT on Sunday that the crime branch sleuths will try to find out whether the arrested gangsters were involved in any crime in Mumbai in the past.

“We will try to verify their antecedents and check certain facts and information we are in possession with,” Maria said, refusing to elaborate.

The Special Cell officers are working in close coordination with Intelligence Bureau (IB) sleuths.